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BLOG: WJC - U.S. beats Sweden for Bronze

by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

The lone Oilers prospect participating in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is 2014 fourth-round pick William Lagesson. The defenceman plays for Sweden, and we will have updates on his performance as the tournament unfolds.


It was a bitter-sweet ending to William Lagesson’s World Junior Championship run. The Oilers defensive prospect scored to pull Sweden to within one of the U.S. in the first period of the bronze medal game. However, the U.S. rallied and scored six unanswered goals before eventually downing Sweden 8-3.

Lagesson drove the net and buried a rebound at 17:39 of the first, to cut the Americans’ lead to 2-1.

Sweden tied the game less than a minute later with a goal from Carl Grundstrom.

Unfortunately for the Swedes, that would be the end of their celebrations for the game. The United States potted six straight to take an 8-2 lead.

Axel Holmstrom scored Sweden’s lone response and the Americans coasted to a bronze medal finish to the tournament.

Lagesson was among the +/- leaders for the tournament. He went +7 in seven games. He finished this year’s tournament with two goals and an assist, as well as four penalty minutes and eight shots on goal.

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